WAYNE ELHART be nice. MEMORIAL FUND
WAYNE ELHART be nice. MEMORIAL FUND
Established December 15, 2015
FUND ANNOUNCED TO BRING EDUCATION ON MENTAL
HEALTH AWARENESS AND SUICIDE PREVENTION!
Press Release
 A West Michigan family has created a donor advised fund with the Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation to provide funding for the “be nice.” education program in K-12 public and private schools within the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District.  Jeff Elhart stated, “Our family experienced the loss of a family member, my brother Wayne Elhart on March 27, 2015 after struggling with depression.  Suicide resulted in Wayne’s end of this life here on earth.  As a result, our family has committed to providing mental illness awareness and suicide prevention education to our community to help others in improving and potentially saving their lives or the lives of loved ones.” 
 
2016 FIRST QUARTER UPDATE

This quarterly report provides a brief yet meaningful update of the good works that your investment in the Wayne Elhart BE NICE. Memorial Fund is doing in the West Michigan community to improve lives with mental illness and save lives from suicide.  

Vision Statement:  To provide a tool for all to use to help and assist others in noticing  signs of depression, inviting yourself into a conversation, challenge the changes in behavior and empower yourself to get professional assistance so that all lives will be improved and saved.

Mission Statement:  To provide financial assistance to K-12 schools who will be implementing mental illness awareness and suicide prevention education using the “be nice.” education program facilitated by the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan. 
WAYNE ELHART be nice. MEMORIAL FUND CHAPTER UPDATES AS OF MARCH 15, 2016
OTTAWA AREA ISD FUND BALANCE - $13,342
Allendale Public Schools       2629
Holland Christian Schools     1800
Holland Public Schools          3881
Zeeland Public Schools         5869
TOTAL Students Enrolled 14,176
VS 48,744 ISD POPULATION

WEST SHORE ESD FUND BALANCE - $7,925
Pentwater Public Schools       269

Walkerville Public Schools      290
TOTAL Students Enrolled    559
VS 7,900 ESD POPULATION

MUSKEGON ISD FUND
BALANCE - $8,516
TBD
LOCAL STUDENTS SAY " be nice ." THROUGH VIDEOS THEY'VE CREATED
ZEELAND HIGH SCHOOL

Produced by Hannah and Tran (2nd Hr).

  
  Click HERE
WALKERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
A short skit promoting anti-bullying in relation to counseling. Created by the Walkerville High School "be nice" committee.

Click HERE
IN THE NEWS
2016 Connecting with Community Award
Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. This is a great clip!

Check it out HERE

OTTAWA COUNTY, MICH. - County voters placed an importance on mental health services when they went to the polls Tuesday.

The Ottawa County mental health millage received 45,963 (59.3 percent) yes votes to 31,497 (40.7 percent) no votes, according to unofficial election results. Read More

TCM COUNSELING expands to Holland in Wayne Elhart's office on the Elhart Automotive Campus!  

Congratulations Elhart Automotive Campus, The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan and Hope Bridge movie. One of the 8 finalists for the 2016 Connecting with Community Award.
February 25, 2016 - Jeff Elhart family and the Elhart Automotive Campus receive the West Coast Chamber Impact Award for their efforts and work in bringing the "be nice." program to the area.
The Impact Award recognizes an outstanding positive contribution to our community by a company or organization. 
Congratulations Gene & Barb Davidson!
Gene and Barb were recognized and received the Greater Good Award for their contributions to Oceana County – from the Artisan Center, our Legacy Society Display, Foundation trustee service, the "be nice." initiative and so much more.     
MARKETING AND FUNDRAISING
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Ottawa Area ISD
  • Jeff Elhart, Owner - Elhart Automotive Campus
  • Cherie Elhart
  • Kathy Elhart
  • Christy Buck, Executive Director - The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan
  • Sarah Lewakowski, Executive Director - TCM Counseling
  • Todd Kamstra, Life and Sports Coach - Zeeland Public Schools  
  • Lynne Doyle, Executive Director - Community Mental Health of Ottawa County
  • Steve Kempker, Undersheriff - Ottawa County
  • Jan Houting, Marketing Director - Elhart Automotive Campus
  • Jennifer O'Brien-Martinez, Finance Manager - Elhart Automotive Campus
  • Nancy Houghtaling, Consultant and Zeeland Public School Parent
  • Peter Haines, Superintendent - Ottawa Area Intermediate School

West Shore ESD
  • Barbara Davidson
  • Jeff Elhart, Owner - Elhart Automotive Campus
  • Tammy Carey, Executive Director - Oceana County Community Foundation
  • Christy Buck, Executive Director - The Mental Heal Foundation of West Michigan
  • Amy Van Gunst, Executive Coordinator - Fountain Hill Center for Counseling and Consultation
  • Lisa Hotovy, Executive Director - West Michigan Community Mental health Services
  • Randy Howes, Superintendent - West Shore ESD
  • Pastor Mark Lillie, Pastor - First Baptist Church of Pentwater
  • David Roseman, MD
  • Tim Priese, Under-Sheriff - Oceana County
  • Sue Hopp, Community Member
  • YAC Members

Muskegon ISD
  • TBD
The be nice . ACTION PLAN
N - NOTICE ! Notice signs of depression and other changes in someone's behavior.  

I - INVITE! Invite yourself to initiate a conversation.

C - CHALLENGE! Challenge the stigma; communicate important resources.

E - EMPOWER! Empower yourself with the knowledge that you can have an effect on how someone thinks, acts, and feels.                       

FIND OUT MORE HERE
DONATE NOW to the Community Foundation of the Holland Zeeland Area.  PLEASE CLICK HERE!

DONATE NOW to the Community Foundation for Oceana County.